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Iran: Seven Prisoners Executed

Iranian authorities silent, but unofficial confirmed sources report seven executions were carried out in Iran in the last two days.

Iran Human Rights (July 13 2016): The execution sentences for six prisoners were reportedly carried out in Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison (west of Tehran) on Wednesday July 13. Two days earlier, a prisoner was reportedly executed in Maragheh Prison (East Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

The six prisoners were among 11 in Rajai Shahr Prison who were recently transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. The other five prisoners were reportedly returned to their cells after obtaining respite from the complainants on their case files. IHR had recently published a report warning about their imminent executions.

Sources close to Iran Human Rights have identified three of the prisoners as: Seyed Mohammad Taheri (charged with murder), Saeed Hossein Khani (charged with murder), and Saeed Akbari (charged with rape). The other three prisoners, who are currently unidentified, were reportedly executed on murder charges. 

A source who wished to be annonymous spoke to Iran Human Rights regarding the case of Saeed Akbari: He was sentenced to death for murder and rape, but he paid the blood money to the complainants on his case file and obtained consent from them to stop his execution. Despite this, Iranian authorities still executed him." 

According to the unofficial news site, Oyan News, the name of the prisoner who was hanged in Maragheh Prison on Monday July 11 is Hadi Pashaei. Mr. Pashaei was reportedly imprisoned for eight years on drug related charges before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent about all seven executions.